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Alan Gosman

Alan Gosman

Associate Professor, Music Theory

Associate Department Chair

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5764

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Alan Gosman is associate chair of the Department of Music and associate professor of music theory.  He has published on Beethoven’s sketchbooks and compositional process, musical form, canons, and links between performance and analysis.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas, he was an associate professor at the University of Michigan, where he was the Director of Graduate Studies in Music Theory. Before that, he taught at Michigan State University and Harvard University.

Alan Gosman’s recent work on Beethoven includes his book, Beethoven's "Eroica" Sketchbook: A Critical Edition, coauthored with Lewis Lockwood, which one reviewer called “every bit as heroic as the symphony to which this sketchbook gave rise.”  He has chapters about Beethoven’s compositional process published in the books Keys to the Drama: Nine Perspectives on Sonata Forms, and Genetic Criticism and the Creative Process: Essays from Music, Literature, and Theater.  A forthcoming article in Nineteenth-Century Music Review is on Beethoven’s “Prometheus” works.  He is also excited to be involved with preparations for several events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, including a 2020 conference at the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, and a multimedia project with Robert Levin and Lewis Lockwood.

Dr. Gosman's articles have appeared in Music Theory SpectrumJournal of Music TheoryTheory and PracticeGamut, and Journal of Musicological Research.  He has presented at national meetings of the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies International Conference, the international conference "Genetic Criticism in an Interdisciplinary Context," and numerous regional conferences and schools.  He has also presented a talk at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland that was arranged by the U.S. State Department through the U.S. Consulate Office and given a lecture at Harvard University's "Performing Beethoven" symposium.

In 2016–17, he spoke at several conferences, including “Beethoven’s Creative Vision: Journeys and Worlds” in Jerusalem, “Utopian Visions and Visionary Art” in Vienna, the New Beethoven Research Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Boston University Center for Beethoven Research Symposium on Beethoven’s String Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 130. 

Alan Gosman is a contributor to the Norton Guide to Teaching Music Theory that is due out in late 2017.  He is the Program Committee Chair for the Society for Music Theory’s 2017 national conference. He is a pianist and was also an orchestra conductor while in graduate school.

He holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and Wesleyan University.  He joined the Department of Music at the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 2014 and is thrilled to be part of this community.